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Name our Oriole!


Thank you to eBaltimore Oriole with geolocator at Robinson Nature Centerveryone who submitted names in our “Name Our Oriole” contest!  The contest is now closed to submissions and we’ve narrowed the entries down to five finalists. We are ready to pick the two winners but we need your help.

We need all our Friends to look over the names below and let us know your two favorite choices. Please send your selections to us in an email by Wednesday, August 6th, to

The five names you may choose from are: 1. Isadella  2. Carlos  3. Callie  4. Orlan  5. Jose

Happy Oriole naming, everyone!


If you are interested in more about the Oriole research taking place at the Robinson Nature Center woods, you can read the article below  – or ask your parents or older brother/sister to read with you.


Oriole Migration Research at Robinson Nature Center Woods

Prof. Kevin Omland teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Last year, Prof. Omland and his students began to study the migration patterns of Baltimore Orioles (and some summer Bluebirds).

Migration patterns can tell researchers:

  • what route the birds travel to their winter homes from their summer homes
  • how long it takes them to get to their winter homes and
  • where they make their winter homes.

How does Prof. Omland’s team study this information?

Prof. Omland and his students attached a geolocator to birds that live in the Robinson Nature Center woods. The geolocator remembers information about the bird’s trip from the Robinson Nature Center woods to its winter home and back again.

Did the birds from last year return?

Prof. Omland’s research team is very excited. Two of the birds they tagged at the Robinson Nature Center last May have returned safe and sound to our beloved woods.

Did the geolocators work?

The team has taken the migration information (called data by scientists) from one of the bird’s geolocators. They will study the information to see whether the birds’ trips reveal a common pattern.  From the early data, it appears that one of the birds wintered in Florida and another went to South America!

What about the study for 2014?

The team has already re-banded a different bird with one of the returned geolocators. The rebanded birds will live at Robinson Nature Center for the summer. The team hopes that the bird’s geolocator will send back more information when the birds travels to their winter homes and then return next year to Robinson’s woods.

Prof. Omland hopes to retrieve the second geolocator from last year in the coming weeks! They will then re-band a different bird to study its migration pattern.

Read More About it

You can read more about Prof. Omland’s project from our Oriole Migration Project articles from March 28th and from our Second Sunday notes. For additional information on the project, you can also visit Professor Omland’s lab Facebook page by clicking here.